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75. The Resurrection of the Body

1. The body will rise again. Says scripture (Job 19:25,26): "I know that my Redeemer liveth, and in the last day Ishall rise out of the earth, and I shall be clothed again with myskin, and in my flesh I shall see my God." Since man is onesubstance composed of soul and body, the ultimate state of man mustinvolve the body as well as the soul. Hence, the body will riseagain.

2. This, therefore, is true of all men without exception;for all are of the same species, that is, the samecomplete essential kind. No human soul will remain foreverseparated from its own body.

3. The resurrection of the body is natural in thesense that it is natural for the soul to have its body. But thereis no power resident in soul or body to bring them together oncethey have been separated by death. Hence, the agency which actuallyjoins souls with their respective bodies is whollysupernatural.

"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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